This is the only guide you need to help get your writing wriggle on! #amwriting

Are you stuck in a writerly rut? Struggling to to find motivation?

Look no further, this is the only guide you need to help get your writing wriggle on.

 1.The epic desk tidy!

We all know that taking the time to create a tidy desk is the road to writerly success!

Isn’t it?

Hmm…Well, maybe not in all cases…

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2.The writer ritual!

Don’t have a writer ritual? No wonder you’re not meeting your target word count!

Because playing paticake with yourself is a sure fire winner!

The writer ritual

3. Enlist the help of your pets!

Ah…Is this even legal?

Pets helping writers

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4. Hire a professional speed writing coach!

Phew! I’m exhausted just watching him…

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5. Prepare nutritious snacks to keep you going

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Ok, maybe not…

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7. Take a course

If nothing else has worked so far this course will set you up for writing success!

Procrastination for the writer

Happy writing 🙂

7 Tips on writing your first book #amwriting #writing

Many people aspire to write a book, and most have no idea where to start. There are many ways to become a writer, but they all come down to one important activity…

Tip 1: Write stuff…

I am a great believer in not trying to eat the whole elephant. If you want to be a writer, and to write a book, you have to start by writing stuff. Unconstrained, nonsense, and whatever pops into your head. Try different genres and styles. Try for something short, and then try for something long.

After about 20 years of doing this…just kidding! After doing this for a while, which will be different for every writer, you start to get the hang of writing, and something interesting starts to unfold…which is usually a story idea.

Tip 2: When you get a story idea…

Create: Verb. The act of banging your head on the desk until something interesting pops out.

Maybe you have spent a bit of time at Tip 1, playing about with ideas before you find something that might work out into an actual story.

Or maybe you are the sort of person who wants to jump straight in at Tip 2 because you already know a story and you are chomping-at-the-bit to get it down. Let’s PAUSE. If this is your first ever story idea treat it as a bit of fun, and don’t be too disheartened if it becomes nothing more than ‘Tip 1 -stuff’ that ultimately you discard.

However you find yourself at Tip 2, there is no point in holding back. Write it, or plan it then write it, whatever works for you. One of two things will happen at this point:

  • You realise this is a GREAT story idea and that it will pan out into an awesome book
  • You get bored and realise it was FUN but it’s not worth pursuing, or not at this time, because you have just had another story idea that might be better still.

Tip 3: When you get an awesome story idea…

When you get an awesome story idea

Usually you know when an idea for a story is something worthy of pursuit. Now you have to decide whether you need to plan or not. Planning is a matter of personal taste, some people swear by planning, some people loath it with the enthusiasm of a dental appointment.

For planning: People who get the most out of planning are the people who suffer from writers block. If you are the kind of person who finds themselves hemmed in when writing, or not sure what should happen next, planning is GOOD for you. It lets you nut out all the problems upfront so you don’t waste time on something that will go nowhere. Better to tackle all the blocks now than write 30k of words and discover you just don’t have a solution to a key plot point.

Against planning: People who never run out of ideas, who are always chasing the next shiny notion…and could simply write forever! If this is you STOP, and go back to the planning. This may sound harsh, but people with too many ideas suffer from a completely different problem to those who suffer from writers block, and that is what I refer to as ‘Infinite Story Syndrome’ also known as the ’10 book saga’. There is nothing wrong with ten book sagas I love ’em myself. But each book needs a level of conclusion and a little bit of planning, even for the idea masters, goes a long way to getting a good first book.

PS. There is a happy medium..and yes planning will help them too.

Tip 4: Get feedback sooner rather than later…

Writers helping writers

A trusted friend or confidant is what every writer needs. Someone to sanity check your idea to make sure it’s not a complete dud. Once it is drafted look for beta readers. They will be delighted to pick holes in your plot and make it stronger in doing so.

Tip 5: There is nothing wrong with trying…

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I must have a couple of hundred story ideas floating about in bits, scribbled dialog, plot points, and random chapters. All of which were great for my ‘Tip 1-Write Stuff’. I only finished 3 books completely to the draft stage. It was the 3rd one I decided I liked enough to edit, and I am now about to publish. The first 2 drafts—I am going to abandon—and I feel no guilt in that.

I have subsequently finished writing the next 3 books in the series. I spent a lot of time ‘writing stuff’, playing about with ‘story ideas’ and I even drafted a couple of ‘awesome story ideas’ into a full novel, before I found a book I felt worthy of publishing, and I don’t regret any of this time. It helped me to find my writers voice. I had fun. It gave me confidence.

Tip 6: Quality is never a waste of time…

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I learnt a massive amount about quality by having my book professionally edited…grammar is definitely not my strong point! A writing course if you can afford it is worth while, but otherwise there is a ton of fantastic free information on the internet, and plenty of great books you can buy to improve your skills that way. No time spent on improving your writing quality is ever wasted time.

Tip 7: Simply read…

The last tip goes without saying…but just in case…when you settle on a genre, read it—a lot.

More more posts on writing…

A simple guide to planning a novel – Part 1

Six secrets to drafting a novel – fast!

How to generate new story ideas

Writer at work! A guide to acceptable writer interruptions #writing #amwriting

Writers know all about the writing zone.

About how easy it is to get distracted.

About how hard it can be to get started.

About how difficult it is to keep going.

And about how annoying it is when our nearest and dearest interrupt us in the middle of our writing flow.

So, for those who are unsure what constitutes an acceptable writer interruption, here is a handy guide.

To bring snacks or beverages!

Please drop snacks off promptly. Do not engage the writer in conversation or otherwise interrupt while leaving the treats. Definitely do not lean over the writer’s shoulder while dropping the snack off and speak the last sentence on the page in the voice of a pirate (as my husband does)!


The house is on fire!

First make all efforts to ‘deal’ with this before interrupting the writer. Only once the fire truck has arrived and you have ‘official’ confirmation from a trained expert that this is in fact an emergency should you interrupt the writer.


A medical emergency

Ask yourself – What would I do if the writer was not at home? – go with that.


The apocalypse has arrived

In the unlikely scenario that zombies or aliens are about to overrun your home, it’s okay to check in on your writer and see if they are at a convenient stopping point…

For those who like a little #Fantasy with their #SCIFI …Divided Serenity #FREE Today! #SFF

For those who like a little Fantasy with their Sci-fi…

Divided Serenity (Divided World Book One)

Ten years have passed since John Tanis tried to kill his best friend. Not finishing the job is his only regret.

Where the primitive meets technology, the past meets the present, and former friends become enemies, a quest for revenge will tear a world apart.

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The Divided World series

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divided-EBOOKToday it is with great pleasure I present an interview with first time author G. L. Cromarty of Divided Serenity book one in the Divided World Series.

Q&A About Writing

Where do you get your ideas?

They pop in there at unexpected moments from all sorts of sources, such as songs, news articles, and even—video games. Other books are influential for their concepts, but the ideas always become a bit of a mash of different sources. And I love anything to do with psychology, and so I get a lot of character profile ideas there.

What motivates you to write?

Being in front of a computer. If I am left unattended for more than five minutes, you can assume I am busy making something up!

Best thing about writing?

The escapism. Creating worlds and people, and then having complete autonomy to do whatever I like with them.

Least favourite thing about…

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I lived my life in books #amwriting

I have never been a person enamoured with that thing called adventure. If there is something exciting going on, I am usually heading in the other direction. For me adventure is trying out a new restaurant, or cutting an extra inch off my hair.

I think the technical term is ‘novelty averse’.

I am the sort of person who feels deeply emotional when hearing an anecdotal story about someone I have never even met. Homeless puppies, sagas of lost journals, can really tear me up. If there’s a spider trapped in a sink, I am the kind of person who rescues it—Ok, maybe not the spider.

Despite this I have lived a million adventures within the pages of a book, and particularly bloodthirsty adventures at that.

Yes, I will confess at this point that I possess particularly violent taste when it comes to other peoples adventures. Torture and killing is absolutely fine in the quest of a good story—the more brutal the better. Our heroes wouldn’t have a chance to shine without a few trials and obstacles in their way.

Let’s face it, a walk in the park never made a hero—unless the walk in the park happened to involve thwarting an attack by alien vampires with secret plans to destroy the earth.

Perhaps it’s just as well that I stick to the books 😉